Sangria Cures All

18 Apr

Oh Sunday, I always really enjoy you, and I deeply, deeply hate seeing you go. Your departure means one thing: Monday (and back to reality).

How do I fight reality?  With Saturday night post-carwashing sangria:

And Mother-in-law’s Baked Ziti:

After dinner, we met up with an old co-worker of mine and her husband at Culhane’s Irish Pub for drinks.  Culhane’s is actually going to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives sometime early this summer!  I had a “The Cranberries” martini.  The menu touted that the mix of vanilla vodka and cranberry juice tasted like  cheesecake, and I was astounded at how much it actually did!

This morning we nursed our mini-hangovers with breakfast at IHOP with the in-laws, Brandon’s brother, and our two nieces, Sofia & Ella.   I haven’t eaten at IHOP in 5 or 6 years easily!  There was a girl walking around making balloon animals for the kids, and Miss Sofia got herself a butterfly:

And I got myself some whole wheat french toast, turkey bacon, and scrambled Egg Beaters:

See that huge chunk o’ butter?  Yeah, I didn’t even use it.  But I did use some Butter Pecan Syrup.  I could drink that stuff!

In all our gluttonous glory, Bran and I curled up with the dogs for a short nap.  Then we hit the beach.

I ran, and Brandon kayaked.  I forgot how hard it is to run on a softer surface.  While the beach here in Jacksonville is packed a lot harder than down in Melbourne, it was still difficult.  I eked out 3 miles somehow.  My legs still feel like Jell-O!  Mmm.  Jell-O.  Oh, how easily side-tracked I am!

Anyways, my point is this:  I want to run the Tour de Pain in August. Its 3 races in 24 hours.  It starts Friday PM with a 4 mile beach run.  Saturday AM there’s a 5k.  And Saturday afternoon? A mile sizzler.  I really need to get used to running on the beach if I have any hope of survival.  I do realize that running something called the “Tour de Pain” does make me sound a little unstable.  So with that said, anyone want to do it with me?  AshleeAshleyDawnSonja?  Hmmm? Bueller?

Since father-in-law flies out every Sunday night, we typically have a late lunch/early dinner around 4pm.  After my “tough” run at the beach, I was craving beer.  And Brandon?  He was too (he always is though).  I had the Shock Top with an orange, and he had a Dos Equis with a lime:

If it would’ve been Dos Equis Amber with a lime, I would’ve been all over it. And my love for Bratwurst was fulfilled:

Along with some wonderful Asian slaw, grilled asparagus with olive oil and kosher salt, and DORITOS.  If you don’t like Doritos, there is something wrong with you.  There, I said it.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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13 Responses to “Sangria Cures All”

  1. Emilyeatsclean April 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Ohhh I’m having beach envy!! Baked ziti = YUM!!!!

    -emily

  2. blndsnbrdr April 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

    I hate Doritos…. I really do! And I probably do have something wrong with me…

    I can sometimes eat the Nacho Cheese or whatever they are, but I do not like Doritos. My husband loves them and I avoid his stank breath after eating them! 😉

    • mrsdevonk April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am #

      FREAK! JK.. I knew there’d be someone who didn’t like them 🙂

  3. Nicole April 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I love Doritos, too! But I’m a Cooler Ranch girl 🙂 I’ll eat any of them, though 🙂

    Running on sand is tough! I don’t know that I could make it 3 miles!

    The sangria looks amazing! I’m craving some now!

    • mrsdevonk April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am #

      My legs are STILL tired from the sand… its crazy!

  4. Ashley April 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    That is my favorite IHOP breakfast and I would love to do the tour de pain with you! My fiance and I are doing a 5K on May 15!

    • mrsdevonk April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am #

      I was actually kinda disappointed with the french toast… it was dry, but I didn’t want to completely drown it in syrup 😦

  5. Melanie April 19, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    I have always wanted to do the Tour De Pain. I might have to sign up this year.

    • mrsdevonk April 19, 2010 at 7:45 am #

      Yes, let’s do it! How’s the foot?

    • Melanie April 19, 2010 at 7:59 am #

      It still hurts ever onces in a while. I still haven’t run on it. I am waiting until May 1st and hopefully getting some new shoes before then.

  6. Sonja April 19, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    You know. I have never run on sand before? lol I contemplated doing this race last year but never did! I think I want to do the Never Quit Beach Fest Trident.

    http://tinyurl.com/y2ewcv3

    and the house is in Mandarin! We looked around the WGV area before and the CDD fees are OUTRAGEOUS!! they made our nice payment about $400 more! no bueno.

    Your house is coming along nicely!! 🙂

  7. Dawn Hutchins April 19, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    Dinner looks like it was delish. Hmm…tour de pain….hmm…..I decided after the half marathon I did that I wasn’t a runner but maybe I’ll get a wild hair.

  8. Courtney F April 20, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    How I miss alcohol!!!

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